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Fleet Foxes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B00180OTAI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's now twenty years since grunge emerged from then culturally isolated Seattle and Fleet Foxes, the eponymous debut album from the city's latest heroes, demonstrates just how much American independent rock has mutated in that time. The five young members of Fleet Foxes make up a very different sort of rock band, describing their own music as "baroque harmonic pop jams". Even that understates the depths of the quintet's effortless vocal harmonies and gently woozy, folky feel. Of their contemporaries only the enigmatic Midlake and My Morning Jacket at their most fragile come close, but neither could have cooked up the Beach Boys spiritual of "White Winter Hymnal" or its more powerful companion piece "Ragged Wood". In fact Fleet Foxes happily admit to aspiring to an earlier tradition--not just obvious antecedents like the Byrds, the Association, Neil Young and, especially, David Crosby's famously unfocussed solo album If Only I Could Remember My Name but ancient English folk songs and their later American descendents. All were hunted and gathered from the internet--songwriters Robin Pecknold and Skye Skjelset are barely in their twenties. Add a host of unlikely instruments and the results are stunning, the complete antithesis of mainstream stadium indie that has followed Arcade Fire. Still, the cover features a Bruegel painting of peasants that might have graced any Black Sabbath sleeve. In that way at least Fleet Foxes salute a local tradition. -—Steve Jelbert

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Original 2008 release of these 12 tracks.

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In a recent interview Robin Peknold, lead singer and songwriter of Fleet Foxes said 'Four people singing is just as close as you can get musically, because you're all standing next to each other and you're all just an interval away. It just reminds me of family.' With these close harmonies Fleet Foxes made quite an impression at the South By Southwest Festival combining choral singing with folk, gospel, rock and pop to awesome effect. And after the glorious Sun Giant EP the sun has risen again on the debut album from the Seattle quintet.

Opener Sun It Rises begins with a bluesy sounding acapella before an acoustic guitar brings in a far more West Coast sound. A lovely beginning. White Winter Hymnal is an amazing track, the opening line repeated like a round as more voices join in to layer the harmonies on top of one another. The track builds before breaking down to just the voices again at the end. Simple but brilliant. Frequent references to the landscape and wildlife give the album a pastoral folksy feel typified by tracks like Meadowlarks and Blue Ridge Mountains. Ragged Wood has that country feel before quietening and allowing the voices to take control, making it two tracks in one really. Robin Peknold sings alone on Tiger Mountain Peasant Song to great effect, sounding like an ancient balladeer; the music both classical and contemporary. He Doesn't Know Why is a great pop song. Your Protector sounds like it could come from Civil War era America and with its flutes reminded me for some reason of Simon and Garfunkel. The album finishes with Oliver James, which tells the sad tale of a drowning.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk America and so much more! 4 Feb 2009
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The sticker on the front of this special version of Fleet Foxes debut album says that it now contains all Fleet Foxes songs yet recorded - but it doesn't! CD one contains the first album with no bonus tracks and CD two contains the Sun Giant ep with no bonus tracks - there is no sign of the Fleet Foxes eponymous self-released demo ep from 2006.

The missing tracks are
1. "She Got Dressed"
2. "In the Hot, Hot Rays"
3. "Anyone Who's Anyone"
4. "Textbook Love"
5. "So Long to the Headstrong"
6. "Icicle Tusk"
Anyone expecting to find these tracks here will be disappointed; it would have been nice to have had them added as bonus tracks.

However, that is a minor quibble and what you do get is superb timeless music with many influences - but still able to sound fresh and original. Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset are the main members influencing the band's sound and direction and both are still relatively young - their musical maturity reflecting the diversity of their parent's musical taste. I didn't think I would ever hear another contemporary version of False Knight on the Road, a classic from the Martin Carthy era Steeleye Span (Child Ballad No 3), but Fleet Foxes tackle it and make it their own.

That's just one example of their varied influences; if someone had played me the album and told me it was a lost sixties classic I could easily have believed it. And yet it still manages to sound fresh and relevant to today; a rare achievement. It is classic American music that will stand the test of time - I just hope the follow-up, due later this year, can live up to the expectation. If you have enjoyed BBC4's recent season of Folk America programmes you will love the music here too.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore at your peril 29 May 2008
By rle17
Format:Audio CD
Poor Fleet Foxes, roundly dismissed by a leading UK indie magazine (which shall remain nameless) as "hippies who sing acapella". To which the obvious response is: what's wrong with that? They do it well - very well. Sun Giant, their debut EP, was quite an attention-grabber, and its promise is amply fulfilled by this almost uniformly excellent first album. Suitably, it opens with a Southern church-style acappella burst, oddly propounding a parody of weather lore: "Red squirrel in the morning/red squirrel in the evening." And then, with great assurance, it simply lifts off and coasts seamlessly. Comparisons with (UK-only) label mates Midlake are inevitable, given the shared massed vocal harmonies, acoustic folk influences and weird rural narratives in the lyrics, but really Fleet Foxes are a more accessible proposition: Robin Pecknold's writing packs this record full of grand pop hooks. The reverb is not only in-your-face but utterly spot-on; this is what the Walker Brothers might have sounded like if they'd had access to more modern studio technology, and what an additional joy it is to hear a modern record that is neither ridiculously compressed nor overlong (it lasts just over 39 minutes). Such is the quality that it's impossible to single out highlights; easier instead to identity just a couple of tracks which are slightly below par, including the closing vocals-and-guitar-only Oliver James, this take of which sounds it's trying a little too hard. A better farewell, likewise featuring just Pecknold and guitar, would have been the dazzling Isles, on the bonus CD that comes with certain editions of the album. But otherwise Fleet Foxes' debut is a sheer delight. The band say they've been working at their music for a long time, but as Peely used to say of the Smiths, Fleet Foxes seem to have sprung fully formed from the womb, and this album is all the proof that's needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic.Beautiful voices
Published 26 days ago by Lesley Chamberlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleet Foxes, Classic Debut Album
The minute I heard a couple of songs by Fleet Foxes, I knew I'd love this album and the band's unique musical style. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this
I love tis album it is a great folky piece of work, with beautiful vocal melodies carefully though out compositions with delicate guitars, and unique instruments. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cubby Kovu
4.0 out of 5 stars For Fox Sake
I'd read various reviews about this band and was sufficiently concerned (but still also intrigued) to stop me purchasing this album for some time but coming across it cheap in a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Made for vinyl!
Finally got around to buying the vinyl release of this brilliant album. Don't know how it took me so long!
Published 5 months ago by 67Spit
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleet Foxes. - amazing!
I bought this cd because one of their songs was used in a tv advert and I researched who sang it. I absolutely love every song on this cd. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynnewig1
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different - yet familiar ....
I heard a snatch of Winter Hymnal on TV and loved the sound of it so I bought this album. It sound quite different to anything I have heard recently but somehow familiar. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Evie Harmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice vibe
One of my first purchases of the recent traditional / folk resurgence - no one I know dislikes it, most love it! If you like the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Franster
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional.
This CD is amazing.Heavenly choirs of true indie rock. Check out He doesn't know why.I'm off to town with this song ringing in my ears.
Published 8 months ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this album and the vinyl arrived in perfect condition and fairly promptly - thank you very much indeed
Published 8 months ago by Lucy
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